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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

The best of 'Lack'

Materials: Lack square table (55 x 55cms), Decoupage paper, 4/5 sheets of printed paper of your own choice. (I used printed flowers with a 'blow away' theme). Decoupage varnish/glue. Description: Cover the legs with the decoupage paper using the glue. Cut 4 equal squares of printed paper to cover the surface of the table and stick with glue.

Book Review: Mind Over Money

“Financial success is more about mastering the mental game of money than about understanding the numbers.” That’s the first tenet of the Get Rich Slowly philosophy.

Discovering Kindness In The Storm

(Photo: Guillermo.D) Sand storms bring out interesting conversation. That’s what I was thinking as fine dust hit every inch of my face, flooding my sunglasses and burning my eyes. I pulled a white bandana up over my face, and then — as suddenly as it started — it ended.

The Five Levels of Communication in a Connected World

In the digital world in which we live, it has become too easy to send emails, ping people via instant message, text, tweet, etc. Upon reflection, I think I've been too haphazard about how I communicate with my colleagues, clients, friends, and family. Oftentimes, an email about a problem should have been a phone call.

The Five Levels of Communication in a Connected World

Knowing what to say and when to say it is not enough. In the modern day, we must decide HOW to communicate.

Review: Debt-Free U

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. When I went to college back in the late 1990s, my school was pretty much selected for me due to the scholarships I received. I didn’t have any financial resources of my own to help me get into college, nor was the internet widely available and full of easy resources to learn more how to acquire them.

From kitchen to patio

Materials: Ikea bistro set, tiles Description: I bought an old Ikea bistro set from ebay, put it asunder, gave two coats of varnish to the chairs and the tabletop to make them waterproof. Bought glass tiles and tiled the table. Made matching seat covers (Cilla chair pad) and back pillows (from Irma cushions and leftover Sarita curtains) - and voila!

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Are you shopping for chaos?If your clutter issues stem chiefly from shopping, here are a few helpful tips to change that reality so you can conquer your clutter once and for all. Unitasker Wednesday: ThumbthingIt’s the Thumbthing!

An Ode to My Son’s Piggy Bank

About three months ago, my four year old son saw a toy at a store. He mentioned that he had played with it at a friend’s house and that he wanted one. But rather than demanding it this minute, he asked how much it would cost.

Bookshelf = entry way furniture (Road trip)

Materials: IKEA bookshelf, jeans, acrylic paints, nails, decoupage cards, old rack, yarn, glue, finish Description: This is most favorite piece of furniture in my apartment. I spent over two months to transform ordinary used IKEA bookshelf to a funny entry furniture. I named it "Road trip". I started from drawing canvases for licences plates on the back wall.

Linkswitch #34: Finances, Style Guides, Press Releases

Blogging For Web Designers: Editorial Calendars and Style Guides A few years ago, you might not have pointed out during a meeting with a potential client that you maintained a blog. Over time, though, blogs have evolved from the being a personal hobby to a serious work tool. In fact, today, web designers are supposed to know much more than just how to design and build websites.

Golden objects

Materials: Havtorn / Molger Description: I wanted to colour my bathroom and I decided to paint the box Molger and the flower vase Havtorn. I used a dark red and golden standard paint, and the result was spectacular! ~ Oscar, Barcelona

10 Inspirational Quotes to Apply To Your Finances

EVERYONE likes handy little money-saving tips, but getting control of your finances sometimes takes much bigger ideas. Why not take these ten inspirational quotes and apply them to your finances? “Worry, like a rocking chair will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” – Vance Havner Most of us are guilty of worrying about money, and whilst it might be justified in s

Some Thoughts on a “Daily Action Pack”

Last weekend, I wrote a review of 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More.

Bookshelf flips to storage cubby

Materials: Ikea Bookshelf Description: I bought an Ikea bookshelf and it didn't really match the decor of my home. I wondered what I could use it for and came up with this... I turned the bookshelf on its side and reinforced the shelves with screws. I bought a 1x10x8 board and cut it into different size pieces and screwed them into the shelves sideways.